Born in Colombia to German parents, Dr. Steinmetz came to Canada at the age of 15 to further his studies and then decided to stay. A McGill University Science and Medicine graduate, he first worked as a general practitioner in Newfoundland. He subsequently completed his residency in pediatrics at the Montréal Children’s Hospital, after which he received a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan. Dr. Steinmetz was instrumental in developing pediatric services in Pointe St Charles, Little Burgundy, Caughnawaga, Baffin Island and Québec’s Great North. After launching McGill University’s first Family Medicine Unit, he spent two years participating in the creation of the University of Nairobi’s School of Medicine (Kenya). Upon returning to Montréal, he became Director of Ambulatory Services at the Montréal Children’s Hospital and was soon promoted Director General for two terms. A leading figure in the merger of the five McGill teaching hospitals that now form the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), Dr. Steinmetz became planning director for the new Glen Campus of the MUHC. Dr. Steinmetz continues to be involved in the development of community social pediatrics and participates in the work of various Boards in the field of healthcare.